Gimme gimme gimme

A man after midnight? Um, no thanks. But there are lots of things I want that I can’t put on my Amazon wishlist. And with so many of us bloggers posting wishlists these days, wouldn’t it be nice if we could include non-Amazon items? And organize them with tags? And keep multiple lists? And publish them through RSS?

Yeah, that would be sweet. That’s where MetaWishlist comes in. It’s a new service that lets you create wishlists with items from any site on the Web. For sites like Amazon that publish their product info and prices in a way that computers can easily understand, MetaWishlist fetches it all for you automatically. For less computer-friendly sites, forms on the “add an item” page make this quick and easy to do manually. For instance, in just a few minutes I was able to add the following items from very differently structured websites: a t-shirt from Bureaucrash, coffee from Counter Culture, wine from Best Cellars, and pickles from Toledo’s famous Tony Packo’s Cafe.

To direct people to your list, just post a link like this:

Or to narrow it down by tags, say “book”, like this:

Or to subscribe to an RSS feed, like this:

The site also has two very helpful features to make adding items easier. One is that it will quickly import your existing Amazon wishlist. The other is a bookmarklet that you can save to your bookmarks and access anytime you come across an item you’d like to add.

If you have any reason to keep and/or publish an online wishlist, Metawishlist is great and makes the transition from Amazon very easy. Check it out.

[Link via Tim Yang, who also mentions a similar site called TheThingsIWant. It does pretty much the same things, but I don’t like the design as much.]


3 thoughts on “Gimme gimme gimme”

  1. That is very cool. I remember starting out at an internet start up years ago and we were considering creating a website that allowed you to create bridal registries and like from numerous stores. The hard part was getting the buyin from the scores. In the end this is what caused the project to be scrapped. this solution is a good one – I just wish it was technologically reasible back in the day.

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